Oakridge quarterback Campbell Garrett inherited his arm strength from his mother. He got his running ability from his father. His chosen jersey number — 17 — came from his famous uncle.
His love of football?
Garrett, 17, was born into the family business.
“I was probably 5 years old when I remember throwing the football for the first time,” Garrett said.
Football runs in the Garrett family.
Campbell’s grandfather, Jim Garrett, spent 38 years in the NFL, coaching and scouting. That includes 21 years on the Cowboys’ scouting staff.
Judd Garrett, Campbell’s father, became the Cowboys’ director of pro scouting in 2008. Jason Garrett, Campbell’s uncle, spent eight NFL seasons as a backup quarterback and became the Cowboys head coach during the 2010 season. Another uncle, John Garrett, spent six seasons as a Cowboys assistant and now serves on the coaching staff at the University of Florida.
Jason wore No. 17 after his oldest brother Jim did. Campbell’s older brother, Calvin, wore Jason’s No. 17 at Oakridge before Campbell did.
“That certainly makes me feel good,” said Jason Garrett, who has attended three Oakridge games this season. “They’re both great kids. It’s so much fun to see Campbell do so well. We talk a lot about who you are around here. Beyond who you are as a player, it’s who you are as a person, and for him to have some of the success he’s had, it’s so much fun for us to see that, because he’s such a wonderful person.”
Campbell, a senior, transferred to Oakridge from Southlake Carroll in the spring of 2014. Some of his teammates didn’t realize until recently that Garrett was part of “those” Garretts.
“I didn’t know he was related [to Jason] until like Week 5,” said junior receiver Bronson Boyd, who leads area private schools with 1,040 receiving yards on 52 catches.
Campbell split time at quarterback last season before breaking his right collarbone in the fifth game. This season, he has completed 180 of 327 passes for 2,711 yards with 25 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and an 8-2 record.
The Owls’ spread offense has helped them into the SPC playoffs, where they play the Episcopal School of Dallas at 1 p.m. Saturday. Besides Boyd, Gordon Fleming leads the team with 12 touchdown receptions and has 809 yards on 50 catches; Parker Welch leads in catches with 53 for 590 yards and two touchdowns; and Michael Cendrick also has played a big role.
“We air it out almost every play, and Campbell throws dimes to us,” said Fleming, a senior. “It’s a lot of fun to play with a great quarterback and a lot of other great receivers, and we’re just trying to win a championship right now.”
Campbell hopes to follow in the cleat marks of his brother, who quarterbacked on the Owls’ 2011 state championship team. Calvin, a backup quarterback at Tarleton State, passed for 2,533 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior at Oakridge.
“It’s been great for [the Garretts to be part of] our football program,” Oakridge coach Phillip Farhat said. “They’re two really talented football players. I think their knowledge and their passion for the game is something that’s admired by all of our players. It’s just obvious and it’s evident in everything they do that they’ve been around it their whole lives. Campbell understands defenses. He understands coverages. He knows where to go with the ball.”
Campbell even sounds like his famous uncle, insisting on taking it one game at a time before considering his college plans. He does hope to continue his career, possibly at an Ivy League school.
“We’re just focused on getting the win,” Campbell said, “so we can have a chance to go win the championship. It’s about keeping the season going.”